The InfAI in numbers
The Executive Board
1st Chairman: Prof. Dr. Bogdan Franczyk
University of Leipzig, Information Systems Institute, Chair of Information Management
Grimmaische Straße 12, Room IZ 12
Phone: +49 341 97337 20
Fax: +49 341 97337 29
Born in 1955. After completing his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (1979) at the University of Zielona Góra, he earned his doctoral degree in Engineering Science (1985) and achieved his habilitation (1997) at the Ilmenau University of Technology. From 1991 to 2004 he worked as professor and conducted scientific activities at the Universities of Duisburg-Essen, Leipzig and Swinburne, Australia. Since 2004 he has been Chairman at the Institute of Industrial Software Architecture and since 2009 vice director of the Information Systems Institute of the University of Leipzig.
2nd Chairman: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heyer
University of Leipzig, Information Systems Institute, chair of Automatic Language Processing
Augustusplatz 10, room P816
Phone: +49 341 97322 31
Fax: +49 341 97322 99
Gerhard Heyer has studied Mathematical Logic and Philosophy at Cambridge University (Philosophy Tripos, Christ’s College 1973-1976, Robert-Birley Scholarship), and General Linguistics at the University of the Ruhr, where he received his Ph.D. in 1983. After research on AI based natural language processing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with support by the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation (Feodor-Lynen Scholarship) he has been working as a systems specialist and manager within the Olivetti Group for establishing TA Triumph Adler´s activities on research and development in electronic publishing and natural language processing. He has also been responsible for the definition and performance of, a.o., ESPRIT projects Translator´s Workbench, Translator´s Workbench II, and MultiLex.
Since April 1994, Gerhard Heyer holds the chair on Automatic Language Processing at the computer science department of the University of Leipzig. His field of research is focussed on automatic semantic processing of natural language text with applications in the area of information retrieval and search as well as knowledge management.
Gerhard Heyer has been a member of numerous programme, reviews and recruitment committees, and has served as a member of the scientific advisory council of the GESIS Institute IZ from 1997 until 2006. He also was a member of the GESISKuratorium from 2006 to 2007.
At the faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Leipzig he served as dean of studies from 1999 until 2002, and dean of the faculty from 2002 – 2005, re-elected for the period 2005-2008.
After studying Applied Informatics at the Leipzig Technical University and completing his degree as Computer Scientist, Dipl.-Inf- Roland Fassauer became co-founder of Intershop Communications in Jena in 1996. Until 2005 he worked in several positions at Intershop, eventually as Manager of the Content Management Competence Center (Berlin). Afterwards he, along with Kartsen Schneider among others, founded the online photo service Pixaco (today HP Snapfish), where he still works as director of technical integration and marketing.
Since 2004 he has been CEO at the Institute of Industrial Software Technology (Leipzig). Today Roland Fassauer leads the divisions of Technology, Consulting, Services and Outsourcing as co-shareholder (co-founder) and Director Technology & Consulting of mobizcorp Europe Ltd.
Treasurer: Prof. Dr. Volker Gruhn
University of Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Business and Economics, Chair of Software Engineering
Phone: +49 201 18370 51
Fax: +49 201 18370 32
Volker Gruhn holds the chair for Software Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen / Germany. His research interests in this field of investigation are mobile applications, software processes, cyber-physical systems and digital transformation methods. Before that he held the chair for Applied Telematics and e-Business at the Computer Science Department of University of Leipzig. His research interests were software architectures, mobile applications, and distributed software processes. An application focus was on point-of-sale systems and online solutions for mobile systems. He received a diploma degree (1987) and a PhD (1991) both in computer science from the University of Dortmund. Volker Gruhn is author and co-author of about 300 national and international journal and conference articles. He founded the software company adesso in 1997, where currently more than 2600 persons are employed. The company specialises in consulting and tailored development of software for core business processes. adesso’s strategy has three pillars: extensive industry knowledge of its employees; comprehensive technological competence, regardless of the software manufacturer; and tried-and-tested methods for the implementation of software projects. The core industries adesso serves include insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services, healthcare, lotteries, energy suppliers, automotive sector, public transportation and retail.